LAPSLEY, Bridget

1945 - 2021

As Bridget Elizabeth Hunt, she was born at Shardlow, Derbyshire on 8 June 1945, daughter of Harold Shirley Hunt (5 July 1915-1981), a teacher at Normanton School, and his wife Mary née Mason (16 January 1915-29 June 2009), who married at Rosehill Methodist Church, Derby on 30 September 1939. Bridget married at Weymouth, Dorset in 1972, John Clifford William Lapsley (June 1948-), and painted under the name of Bridget Lapsley. Bridget grew up in Suffolk, spending most of her childhood and schooldays in Ipswich and the surrounding countryside. She studied at the Ipswich School of Art in the 1960s, when well-known local practising artists such as Colin Moss and Bernard Reynolds were tutors. From Ipswich she went on to study 3D Design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, further developing design and practical skills of working in wood, metal, and clay. Having moved away from Suffolk to study, teach, and work and spending some time overseas, she moved back to East Anglia, retiring from curatorial work within a museum environment, and returned initially to her drawing and painting. She lived with her husband at Culpho, near Ipswich. A member of the Ipswich Art Club being inspired by her surroundings, the Suffolk landscape and shores, the natural world and a love of drawing, she worked in a variety of genres and media to capture a moment, a detailed study, a composition, or a pattern in a visual and meaningful way. Bridget Elizabeth Lapsley died at Ipswich on 19 January 2021.

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